Circle (2000)

JAFAR PANAHI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Dayereh

Iran/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Direction du Développement et de la Coopération, Département Fédéral des Affaires Etrangères, Foundation Montecinema Verità, Jafar Panahi Film Productions, Lumière & Company, Mikado Film, Tele+.  Story by Jafar Panahi, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jafar Panahi.  Production Design by .  Film Editing by Jafar Panahi.  

Devastating film that details the harsh treatment of women in Iran. The film begins with a hospital scene, where a family take the news of a new baby girl in the family so poorly that one would think the child had been stillborn. Following that the story introduces us to a successive group of women, each of them recent convicts (in Iran a woman is put in jail indefinitely for riding in a car with a man she is not related to) who have their own struggles to overcome before they can seek asylum from the claustrophobic society that surrounds them. A powerful film featuring smooth direction and excellent performances.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

Venice Film Festival Award:  Golden Lion

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